Police to enforce new road rules from tomorrow

NSW Police warns motorists it will begin enforcing new road rules relating to mobile phones and heavy vehicles from tomorrow

October 31, 2012

Police in New South Wales will begin enforcing new road rules from tomorrow, including targeting motorists flouting mobile phone restrictions.

New rules will restrict the use of mobile phones while driving and require truck drivers to comply with new policies when travelling behind vehicles longer than 7.5 metres, and positioning portable warning triangles.

The rules will begin on November 1, making it illegal to make or receive a call while driving unless the phone is fixed to a mounting in the vehicle or can be operated without having to touch it.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley says enforcement will begin at midnight. The penalty for illegally using a mobile phone while driving is three demerit points and a $298 fine. This is upgraded to four demerit points and a $397 fine if the offence occurs in a school zone.

"These changes will help reduce the confusion around some of the existing road rules and help improve road safety," he says.

Trucks must keep at least 60 metres behind a vehicle longer than 7.5 metres when not travelling in a built-up area, on a multi-lane road or overtaking. The penalty for not following the rule is $397 and three demerit points.

Road trains that do not keep a distance of 200 metres face four demerit points and a $1,191 fine.

Drivers who fail to follow the new guidelines for portable warning triangles can be fined $99.

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